Faith on the Home Front: Aspects of Church Life and Popular Religion in Birmingham, 1939-1945

Parker, Stephen (2006) Faith on the Home Front: Aspects of Church Life and Popular Religion in Birmingham, 1939-1945. Peter Lang.

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Abstract

The nature of religion on the domestic front in Britain during the Second World War has, hitherto, been relatively unexplored. This study focuses on Birmingham and describes wartime popular religion, primarily as recounted in oral testimony. The difference the War made to people’s faith, and the consolation wrought by prayer and a religious outlook are explored, as are the religious language and concepts utilised by the wartime popular media of cinema and wireless. Clerical rhetoric about the War and concerns to spiritualise the war effort are dealt with by an analysis of locally published sources, especially parish magazines and other religious ephemera, which set the War on the spiritual as much as the military plane. A final section of the study is devoted to measuring the extent of the influence of the churches in the creation of a vision for post-war Britain and Birmingham.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: BL Religion, BR Christianity, DA Great Britain, HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Members: University of Worcester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:17
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/14018

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